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Our Current Exhibits

(see our Exhibits page for previous and upcoming exhibit listings)

Welcome to The Arts Council: one name for two historic and innovative buildings.

The mission of the Arts Council is to nurture and strengthen the artistic, cultural, and educational quality of the community and surrounding area. We are dedicated to raising arts awareness in the region through our community art programming and venues.

The Arts Council is comprised of two historic buildings: The Kemp and The Forum.  Through extensive capital campaigns and broad community support, we have renovated and restored each of these buildings to return them to their former glory and re-purpose each to create viable arts and cultural centers for generations to come. The buildings are official Texas historical and Wichita Falls landmarks.

The Kemp (1300 Lamar Street) was built in 1917 as a public library.  In 1998 the derelict building was leased to the Arts Council and currently the building and grounds house 5 gallery exhibit spaces, three classrooms and an auditorium.

The Forum (2120 Speedway Avenue) began in 1927 as the home of The Woman’s Forum, a women’s social and philanthropic organization. In 2010 the aging building was deeded to the Arts Council. Currently known as “The Forum”, the building helps support the Arts Council’s Performance Arts programming and provides over 12000 square feet of room rental.

Guests, patrons and students from across Texas and Oklahoma come to The Kemp and The Forum to enjoy live entertainment and performances, local and national visual arts exhibitions, and outstanding arts education classes.  Both facilities are available to rent, whether for an elegant outdoor wedding, a stand-out theater performance, or an all-day corporate meeting.  Our wide range of facilities across both campuses offer multiple rental options for every vision and budget.

The Arts Council is proud to have served the greater Wichita Falls community for 25 years.  In that time, we’ve grown to encompass the heart of arts education in Wichita Falls. Looking forward, our mission is to expand our current platform for visual and performance arts while increasing educational outreach to the community.

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February 14th

Our 2020 Committee met today to work on finalizing details for our upcoming Cowboy True weekend. We have a lot of exciting things planned and can't wait to see our returning and new artists.

Stay tuned for tickets to the Cowboy True Auction and Dinner Event, but make plans to join us Friday night for the Cowboy True Preview Party and the Saturday Cowboy True Exhibit - both of which are free to attend!

Proceeds from Cowboy True benefit the Arts Council and Whispers of Hope Horse Farm to help reach their goal for PATH Certification.
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February 2nd

Each year during Cowboy True, we exhibit artists who represent the “Cowboy True” way of life, along with fun ”cowboy” activities, and some great food and music.

Two of these activities include a Kids’ Poetry Contest AND a Kids' Art Contest. If your child would like to participate, find out how to submit their art or a poem at artscouncilwf.org/cowboy-true.

Entries are due by Feb. 15th!
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January 30th

Don’t let the sun go down on your chance to submit artwork for COWBOY TRUE 2020! Entries are due by TOMORROW, Friday, Jan. 31. Visit our website for details and to download the application forms. artscouncilwf.org/cowboy-true

#kemp #forum #artscouncilwf #wichitafallsarts #wichitafalls #wichitafallstx #artseducation #cowboytrue
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January 27th

COWBOY ARTISTS! Cowboy True CALL FOR ENTRIES 2020 is wrapping up this week! Have you gotten your entry in yet? Visit our website for details and to download the application forms: artscouncilwf.org/cowboy-true

Categories are: bits, boots, buckles, cowboy cartoons, drawing, jewelry, painting, photography, saddles, sculpture, spurs, trappings/gear, and woodworking. Artists can enter up to two categories. No application fees. ⠀⠀

#kemp #forum #artscouncilwf #wichitafallsarts #wichitafalls #wichitafallstx #artseducation #cowboytrue
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December 25th

Teacher Spotlight: Happy Birthday to Virtual Tour Host, Nicholas Quallich! Nick helped lead our Region 9 interactive online tours, utilizing his top-notch journalism skills. He recently moved from his job at KFDX News to KXNews in Bismarck, ND. We miss him! Thank you, Nick!

#kemp #forum #artscouncilwf #wichitafalls #wichitafallstx #wichitafallsart #artseducation #cowboytrue #artsalive Nicholas Quallich-TV
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